UNRWA Receives First Installment of Annual Funding From Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation for Education in Gaza

UNRWA Receives First Installment of Annual Funding From Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation for Education in Gaza

Children near their homes at Al Shati camp for Palestinian refugees in the central Gaza Strip, June 2020. Mohammed Abed / AFP

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) received an initial disbursement of US$ 600,000 from the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

UNRWA said in a press release issued on Thursday that the funds are part of a US$ 1.5 million grant towards safeguarding the right to education for Palestine refugee children in Gaza. The contribution was received by UNRWA Acting Director of External Relations and Spokesperson Tamara Alrifai at the Embassy of the UAE in Amman, Jordan.

Through the contribution, UNRWA will implement an annual project for the scholastic year of 2021-2022 for the UNRWA Beit Lahia Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Elementary Boys and Elementary Co-Educational Schools in northern Gaza.  School supplies including bags, stationary, and uniforms will be distributed to some 3,100 Palestine refugee students.  In addition, the funds will cover the equipment, furnishing and rehabilitation of the two schools.

Now, more than ever, the humanitarian and socioeconomic conditions for most of Gaza’s population are dire. After an onslaught of hostilities in May and the ongoing fourteen-year Israeli blockade, widespread devastation mars the lives of some 2 million Palestinians living in the besieged coastal enclave.

Mohamed Haji Al Khoori, Director General of Khalifa Foundation said, “We recognize the importance of UNRWA’s work with Palestine refugees, particularly here in Gaza. UNRWA has commitment towards refugees in Gaza facing difficult circumstances. At the same time, we welcome further efforts by the Agency to reform and to ensure the long-term sustainability of its essential services in Gaza and other fields.”

UNRWA provides a range of critical services to Palestinian refugees registered with the Agency across its five fields of operation, including Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Its services include education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection, microfinance and emergency relief.

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